Awka Chapter of the Nigerian Institution of Metallurgical, Mines and Materials Engineers (NIMMME), has been inaugurated.
The national leadership of the Body inaugurated the Chapter on Thursday with Engr. Michael Orekyeh emerging the Awka Chapter chairman of NIMMME.
Also, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Physical Planning Board, Barr. Chukwunweike Maduekwe, and others were honoured during the event held at La Luna Hotel in Awka, Anambra State.
Presenting a paper on ‘Mining and Metallurgy: Strategic Industrial Sectors in a Productive Economy’, the guest speaker, Prof. Charles Ofoegbu pointed out that before the advent of oil and gas, the economy of Nigeria was largely dependent on mining and agriculture.
” Oil and gas now accounts for nearly 90% of the National income of Nigeria. The downward and unpredictable trend in the price of oil and gas, the global environment concerns and the negative economic consequences of a single commodity based economy has strengthened the need for diversification of the economy”.
However, Prof Ofoegbu who is the Director of the Institute of Geoscience and Earth Resources, Nasarawa State University pointed out that the key to economic diversification lies in the development of the mining sector and by extension the metallurgy.
According to I-Witness report, inaugurating the chapter, the National president of NIMMME, Engr. Dr. Ayo Adeyemo urged the executive and members to ensure the unity of their members and work in synergy with the Anambra state government towards ensuring the success of the Institution and profession in the state.
In his address after their inauguration, the Awka Chapter chairman of NIMMME, Engr. Michael Orekyeh thanked God for the successful event and members for finding him worthy to serve as the pioneer chairman of the chapter.
He congratulated the awardees whom he described as individuals who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavour.
An award receipient in the category: ” Honourary Award for Service to the Engineering Profession and Community” and Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Anambra State Physical Planning Board (ANSPPB), Barr. Chukwunweike Maduekwe appreciated the association for finding him worthy of their recognition albeit him not an engineer.
Barr. Maduekwe promised the Institution that the state government will help in anyway possible to ensure that the National Foundry Institute, Ozubulu is revived and functional.
The plaque was presented to him by, Engr. Mrs. Joy Ogbodo, National Programmes Coordinator, NIMMNE.
Others honoured include: Hon. Obumneme Akunyili (DG. PMMO), Engr. Ebosie Ezeoke (Chairman, Anambra State Materials Testing Laboratories) and others while Engr. Martin Agbili, Anambra State Chairman of Nigeria Society of Engineers represented the NSE national president.